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Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe with Oatmeal

Sara Garska
It's a classic for a reason! This old fashioned meatloaf recipe with oatmeal is comfort food at its finest! Hearty and flavorful, and surprisingly healthy (it's gluten free!) This easy dinner recipe can be made in a skillet or loaf pan and is sure to be a family favorite.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Resting Time 1 min
Total Time 1 hr 17 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 313 kcal


  • mixing bowl
  • Blender
  • Bread pan, large cast iron skillet, or rimmed baking sheet


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 pound ground pork Can also use sausage or Italian sausage
  • 1 cup whole oats
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup tomato sauce or ketchup divided
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup green pepper chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Put ground beef, sausage or ground pork, and oats into a mixing bowl.
  • Add egg, milk, 1/4 cup tomato sauce or ketchup, salt, pepper, and chopped vegetables to the blender. Pulse to chop vegetables into smaller pieces.
  • Add liquid/vegetable mixture to the ground meat and oats. Mix up with your hands. Let sit for about 15 to 30 minutes so the oats can absorb some of the liquid.
    ground beef, sausage, oats, in mixing bowl
  • Shape the mixture into a round loaf or put into a bread pan.
    round meatloaf in skillet, ready to cook
  • If you are making a free-standing round loaf, cover a baking sheet with foil. Make sure there is a rim on the sheet because your meatloaf may release liquids. You can also use a large cast iron skillet too.
  • Bake in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes. Carefully remove from oven.
  • Put the remaining tomato sauce or ketchup on top and bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes.
    putting tomato sauce on top of meatloaf in iron skillet
  • Remove from the oven and let stand for about 15 minutes before serving.


  • You can also use celery, fresh parsley, or red peppers for the veggies.
  • This recipe works both in a skillet or a loaf pan.
  • Feel free to use tomato sauce or ketchup.
  • Add a bit of brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce to jazz up the tomato sauce even more.


Calories: 313kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 19gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 668mgPotassium: 476mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 216IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 3mg
Keyword beef, dinner, meatloaf
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